Tag Archives: Kirtland

Mormonism and the Founding of Nauvoo


During the bitter winter of 1838-1839 some 5,000 Latter-day Saints crossed the Mississippi River from Missouri and settled in western Illinois. Since the organization of the Mormon church almost ten years before, this group of religious pioneers, led by Joseph … Continue reading

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Joseph Smith, Mormonism, and the Idea of Apostasy and Restoration


Virtually since the beginning of the Latter-day Saint church in 1830 its founder, Joseph Smith Jr., had made strong linkages between ancient Israel and the modern Mormon era. Gathering a small group of stalwart followers in upstate New York, Smith sent … Continue reading

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A Conservative Take on the Ideal of Zion: Joseph Smith III and the “Gathering”


Perhaps the most persistent ideal in Mormonism has been the concept of Zion, essentially a utopia, and the gathering of the Saints to achieve it. The early Latter Day Saints believed that they had been commissioned from among the world to … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Lundgren, Reorganized Church Dissidents, and Modern Blood Atonement Killings


This is a horror story worthy of anything Stephen King could write. Tragically it is not fiction. Jeffrey D. Lundgren and his followers in Kirtland, Ohio, former members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (renamed … Continue reading

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